Little over four months have gone by since Fernando Belasteguín played his last official match. It took place on the 9th of August in the last sixteen of the Mijas Open. Fernando Belasteguín and Pablo Lima ended up winning 6-7 / 6-1 / 6-1 against Gonzalo Rubio and Ernesto Moreno. But it was a bittersweet win as Bela's elbow said enough was enough. A case of tennis elbow in his right elbow, which already forced him to pull out of the Zaragoza Open, struck back and forced him to take some time off. He then started a meticulous recovery process with no return date with the sole object of achieving a full recovery and ruling out any possible relapses. For a player who has dominated the game for 16 years it was a tough blow which has prevented him from defending his crown. After 125 days of hard work, Fernando Belasteguín is ready to get back on court at the biggest event of all: the Estrella Damm Master Final. Yet another incentive for the "Tournament of Tournaments". "The King" will try and defend the title he won in 2017 with Pablo Lima.
Despite having missed half of the season, Fernando Belasteguín has won three titles this year with Pablo Lima and is still ranked within the top 10. This is a moment the whole of padel has been awaiting for a long time and it will finally happen at the most special event of the year. The player with the most titles in history and the longest serving world number one is back. The legend, the boss, the "King".